Jibarra is a fabulous Mexican restaurant owned by the same family that runs the many El Rodeo Restaurants around the area. It is not your quick stop Mexican, but has a more upscale menu. It can be paralleled with Dos Taquitos Centro, similar menu and pricing for lunch and dinner.
Jibarra was only open for dinner while located in North Raleigh, but when I spoke to owner Joel Ibarra’s father José on Friday, he stated that they feel as though they will have more of a lunch crowd in the new location and have decided to serve food both during the day and at night. Taking a look at the menu, the food looks very reasonable in price.
The interior of the new restaurant is set up with a similar floor plan as the sports bar that was in the location previously, with the bar in the middle and tables surrounding (and luckily without televisions and Coors Light banners hanging from the historic wooden beams). New hanging lights have been added and the walls have been painted (with what look like a blue sky and clouds). A bit more of a cozy feel than the previous tenant and a similar feel to the North Raleigh location. The decor isn’t fancy - they leave that for the food.
Jibarra hopes to open either Tuesday or Wednesday (Jan 6/7), after a handful of delays in the final months of 2008. They will not have their liquor license when they open, but should have it shortly after.
This makes two of the potential 4 spaces in the depot filled. The last two are currently set up for bars and/or restaurants, but I’m still hoping for some retail….so we’ll see what becomes of those spaces. Hopefully, Jibarra will be a catalyst for positive energy unlike the previous failures.
The Depot is empty during the day, as is most of the Warehouse District. But, with the addition of the Pit (who started serving lunch over a year ago and is packed daily) and now Jibarra, things will hopefully start to turn around for one of the neighborhoods in downtown Raleigh with the great potential.
Jibarra’s opening, along with the soon to open Boylan Bridge Brewpub and Foundation will all be fabulous additions to downtown Raleigh in the first few months of 2009. Beer and Tequila lovers rejoice!
Go here to view their lunch and dinner menus.
Mon – Thurs 5:00 – 10:00
Fri & Sat 5:00 – 11:00
Sun 5:00 – 9:00
Hours Coming Soon.